Tag: Wedding

A Moganshan Wedding

A Moganshan Wedding

on 8/8, a lucky date in China, our friends Kwaki and Jason got married in Moganshan. Due to the current situation, their family and friends from abroad couldn’t come to China, so they turned it into a full weekend with the Shanghai crew.

But first things first, of course before a wedding there needs to be a Bachelorette party – so that’s what we did the weekend before in Shanghai.

The Bachelorette Party

Brunch

Kwakis bachelorette Party was an all day affair. We started early with decorations because who doesn’t want a gigantic diamond helium balloon at their party? Also, a champagne brunch, matching shirts and photo props are clearly a must.

Korean Spa

Up next: relaxing and getting pretty! We headed to Koreatown to go to New Star, a Korean Spa. Sauna, soaking in different temperature pools, a scrub that took off at least 2 layers of skin, followed by face masks and chilling made for a great afternoon.

Dinner in Koreatown & Dancing

When in Koreatown, do as Koreans do – to fuel up after an exhausting afternoon of doing mostly nothing, we ate lots of Korean Food and drank soju πŸ™‚ We had a nice seafood dinner, followed by a stroll through a night market. The night ended back downtown with more drinks and dancing – a really fun day!

The Wedding

All dressed up with somewhere to go

A week later, we headed to Moganshan for the big day! The color code of the wedding was beige and sage, which meant a trip to the fabric market for Thorben and some intense taobao shopping for me. The effort was worth it I think, the group pictures turned out really cool.

The first 4 pictures are from Thorben’s camera, all other group, couple and party pictures are from the very talented https://nicolasderouge.com/.

Ceremony and Party

Our friend Ben did the ceremony (he got ordained on the bus ride over), there were some games, videos from the bride and groom’s families and of course food and dancing. Our first wedding in China was definitely one to remember.

The rest of the weekend

Having traveled all the way to Moganshan, almost everyone turned the trip into a long weekend. We stayed from Friday to Monday and had a great time. The weather was mostly very nice so we had 2 barbecues, lots of pool time, played games and I got eaten by mosquitoes – an almost perfect weekend getaway πŸ™‚

Good bye Germany – Hello again Shanghai!

Good bye Germany – Hello again Shanghai!

After 5 weeks in Germany, I got back to Shanghai on Saturday. It was a crazy mix of work, vacation, friends & family visits and more work.

Let’s start at the beginning: The day I landed, I hosted a mini bachelorette party for my sister, we attended her wedding the next day and then 5 days later Thorben’s sister got married. We visited 2 new babies, had the first snow of the season, went to the office for a week, had 2 birthdays in our families, met friends for dinner, at the Christmas Market or for brunch, got out of an Escape room (my team was a minute faster then Thorben’s … just saying), had awesome breakfasts and meals with our families, celebrated Christmas, went to see Bohemian Rhapsody and a musical … and that was only during the 2 weeks in December.

In January, Thorben drove up to the North Sea to visit family for a few days, while I went to the office and hung out more with friends and family in the evenings. After catching up with some work at the office, I started an 8 day training course. We escaped from a Harry Potter themed escape room, just in time for Thorben to catch his flight to Shanghai the next day. Actually, we escaped after only 37 minutes, like the amazing wizards and witches we are πŸ˜‰ LUMOS!

In the evenings, I took it a little easier in my final 2 weeks: My sister and I had a spa day and went to an ice hockey game (Mannheim won!), I met a few friends and former colleagues and finally had a good bye dinner with my family followed with a good bye Brezel breakfast with my mom.

And this is the trip in pictures. As always, I didn’t take enough because I was too busy having fun … and eating … and somehow acquiring so much stuff I needed 3 suitcases to fit everything. Oops.

See you soon, Germany!

Weekend Adventures or That Time we crashed a Chinese Wedding

Weekend Adventures or That Time we crashed a Chinese Wedding

On Saturday afternoon I met Shane, a good friend of one of my best friends back home, for the first time. She is from Shanghai and showed me around the city. (“Trust me, I’m a local.”) We had a really fun day, here are some of the highlights:
The air was really clear and the weather was great so she showed me a fantastic view. It’s a secret where it is, so I can’t tell you but you can appreciate this awesome picture I took:

We also went to People’s Park, where the marriage market is. There, a lot of people sit with signs posted on umbrellas detailing someone’s age, height, salary and other useful information trying to find them someone to marry. Shane translated some for me but none of them convinced me to leave Thorben ;). All the people there where pretty old and Shane told me that often it is the parents or relatives who want their kids to get married so they take things into their own hands.

When we wandered around we saw a cool building and went to have a closer look. You could just go into the gate and walk over to a small park and inside the park there was a wedding going on. (It looked like the ceremony was already over.) So of course we sat down somewhere in the background and observed a bit πŸ™‚ Leaving the park we saw a sign about the wedding so Yang and Rourou: Congratulations and I wish you lots of happiness!

No day is complete without good food so we went to dinner at a restaurant that served Yunnan cuisine. Shane took my “Just order what you like, I want to try some different things.” very serious so I got to taste quite a variety. My favorite was a cold noodle dish with beef, chicken and veggies, but the pineapple salad, fish and okra where also really good. And I also liked the kiwi avocado drink I had to get because some of the food was pretty spicy. I’m still working on my spice level tolerance πŸ™‚

Yes, there were only two of us …

Speaking of the weekend and food, of course I also ate on Friday and Sunday. Friday night after work I went to a Cantonese restaurant with Pearl. She ordered all her family’s favorite dishes so I tried pidgeon for the first time. Once you get over the fact that it is looking at you (Thank you, Pearl for quickly hiding the head) the meat is really good πŸ™‚ We also had 2 shrimp dishes, fried turnips and sweet buns with an egg yolk sugar filling. After burning a few calories through shopping we got some mango desserts.

After I finished unpacking and organizing the kitchen on Sunday I met a friend I know through university and his girlfriend in TiÑnzǐ Fāng. Tianzi Fang is an old residential area in the French Concession with many small alleyways that now house lots of shops, galleries, restaurants and bars. It is pretty touristy and crowded but still fun to walk around in. We had some pretty good Indian food at a restaurant there.